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  1. Up next for me, An Litir by Liam Mac Cóil, an Irish language historical novel, set in 1612. It's years since I last read a book in Irish, so I hope I'm still capable of it. Use it or lose it!
  2. I loved Adrian Tchaikovsky's City of Last Chances. Very reminiscent of late, great Tanith Lee's "Secret Books of Paradys". Highly recommended for lovers of top class world building. My favourite of his since Cage of Souls.
  3. "Guns of the Dawn" is brilliant. However, if you want to read one of his SF books, my personal favourites are "Dogs of War" and "Cage of Souls".
  4. I started Adrian Tchaikovsky's City of Last Chances. Loving it so far. Really delivers on the worldbuilding.
  5. To be fair, the book is factually wrong about lots of things. As somebody who can speak Irish and has an MA in Italian linguistics, I spotted a lot of errors in these areas. I'm sure that people here who are experts in other fields will find issues too. However, it's a big book with such a wide scope that it would have been (in my opinion), impossible to research everything to sufficient depth to avoid making mistakes. Such is the fate of an author!
  6. I finished The Last Blade Priest by W.P. Wiles. Very enjoyable with a great low-fantasy take on elves. Up next, historical fiction with Rose Tremain's Restoration. Great start.
  7. I figured it wasn't his first rodeo. Very well written, but also great worldbuilding so far -- only about a fifth of the way through it.
  8. I have just started The Last Blade Priest by W.P. Wiles. I think I'm going to like it, but early days yet.
  9. I ended up really enjoying Paul M. Duffy's Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound. It came from a small press I'd never heard of, but it's so rare to see this setting in fiction, I took a risk. Set in Medieval Ireland at the time of the Norman invasion, it is written by an archaeologist who really knows the period well. At one point -- not a spoiler -- there is a scene where the hero comes upon a woman washing bloody clothing in a stream. This is an image straight out of Irish mythology (the goddess of war is always doing this). The novel is wonderfully poetic; full of fascinating characters and a love story that is everything you expect, until it becomes something very different -- and no, not that other thing you were expecting. It's not really a battle book, though there are a few battles and many action scenes. And TW for violence, including of a sexual kind.
  10. I enjoyed Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I thought there were a few genuinely moving moments towards the end. Now, I'm starting an Irish historical novel called Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound by Paul M. Duffy.
  11. Lots of great suggestions here! I would recommend The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. Lots of it does not take place in winter, but it feels wintry and brutally cold. Also, in an SF vein, there's probably no future city I'd love to live in more than David Zindell's Neverness. You have to skate everywhere! Furs obligatory. Hot chocolate. Oh, and wonderful, mind-blowing worldbuilding.
  12. I too am reading Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Strong start.
  13. I used to read them all the time -- back when I wrote them more often. These days, unfortunately, I tend only to look at the ones on the Hugo list every year or, if one of my favourites, like Ted Chiang or Adam Roberts has a collection out, I might get that. However, I agree with you that Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a great little website.
  14. About to start Generation Nemesis by Sean McMullen. Cli-fi, by the looks of things...
  15. That's why I eventually gave up on the series. After a while, I just couldn't take any more of the repetition, even though the "worldbuilding" was so convincing.
  16. I have started Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution, by R.F. Kuang. Very enjoyable so far.
  17. I'm reading Chokepoint Capitalism by Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow. Enjoying it so far and keeping my rage under control.
  18. I'm reading The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Not sure that I like it that much, but still flicking the pages.
  19. Reading Arcadia by Iain Pears, as recommended by @Starkess Enjoying it so far.
  20. I adored his book, "An Instance of the Fingerpost". Will check this one out.
  21. I'm reading "Into A Blood-Red Sky" by my friend, Jo Zebedee. Enjoying it! A post-environmental collapse story set at the not-so-hot edge of Europe.
  22. Oh yes! Speaking of wit, I love the way many of the authorities he quotes from are mangled versions of his fellow writers' names. Although, so far, the only two I'm sure of are Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson.
  23. Following @Wilbur's lead, I am reading Vance's Demon Princes books. I've polished off the first two and am now halfway through the third. I have forgotten how much I enjoy his work, although I can't see any of this getting published nowadays.
  24. Reading George Monbiot's Regenesis. It's a manifesto about the future of farming. Astonishing and brilliant so far. No, I am not a farmer. No, I have never successfully grown anything. But it has still managed to enthrall me. Recommend reading the sample chapter to see if it's for you.
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